From the Wall Street Journal
Hunter’s pregnancy: According to Young, Hunter called him in May 2007 to say she was pregnant. Young says that when he informed Edwards, the senator told him to “handle it,” to which he replied: “I can’t handle this one.” Young writes that Edward unloaded on Hunter as a “crazy slut,” said they had an “open relationship,” and put his paternity chances at “one in three.” Young says that Edwards asked him for help persuading Hunter to have an abortion. Young writes that Hunter believed the baby to be “some kind of golden child, the reincarnated spirit of a Buddhist monk who was going to help save the world.”
I’m really not too interested in this sort of thing but the insistence upon something special involved in reincarnation seems to me just clinging. All children are “golden children” and don’t need a story involving the reincarnated spirit of a monk to make them so….
That being said, I should just come out and admit that I am the reincarnated spirit of a Tibetan Fishermonger….or a Peruvian goat-herd (no, not the person herding the goats. I mean the accumulated spirits of an entire herd of goats. I can eat an entire tin can in one sitting). And, as far as children go, I think this video shows that my little saṃsāra toddler has the spirit of a Zen master (and the attitude of Chugyam Trungpa).